On Sunday 11 May, eight students from Court Fields School – Robert Webber, Lottie Radford, Naomi Fielder, Lauren Troake, Ellen Stevens, Oscar Kemble, George Hookway and Jamie Burge – travelled to Millfield School, Street, to take part in the Somerset round of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge. Each played 6 rounds of chess against the best players in their age groups from other schools, opponents who, mostly, had been playing chess from primary school whereas none of the Court Fields students had enjoyed that playing experience. Of the eight, Robert Webber scored 3.5 points out of 6, a very creditable performance at this level, with Lottie, George and Jamie scoring 3 points out of 6. And yet, tough as it was for them, three of the girls – Lottie, Naomi and Lauren – each took home very nice ‘winners’ trophies for being the highest scoring girl in their age category. It was a long day for them, but collectively they were excellent ambassadors for Court Fields School and are to be congratulated for taking on this challenge.
Court Fields School once again ran it’s annual chess competition throughout the Spring term as part of the country-wide Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Nearly thirty students, playing up to seven matches each, played a total of eighty-seven matches to discover who would be this year’s school Champion. That honour fell to Robert Webber, a year 9 student, with Lottie Radford, last year’s champion, the runner-up. The top year 7 student was Jamie Burge, with three other students – Jamie Garnett, Oscar Kemble, and Matt Thorne – receiving trophies for their efforts in the competition. Of those students who took part in the competition, twelve are now eligible to go forward to the Somerset ‘Megafinal’ which is being held at Millfield School.